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Manufacturer: NCE

Summary: NCE began as an OEM in 1993, supplying hardware and software for the Wangrow SystemOne. NCE became a DCC manufacturer when Wangrow passed on the NCE Power House DCC system as the replacement for the SystemOne. Today NCE offers a variety of DCC Systems and accessories.

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General information
Phone +1-585-265-0230
Fax +1-585-265-0234
Email [email protected]
Main URL Main URL
URL to manuals
Address NCE Corporation

82 East main Street Webster, NY 14580

Date Opened 1993
Date Closed
Device Types Other, Booster, Command Station, Mobile Decoder, Power Supply, Stationary Decoder, Throttle

NCE Corporation

Company Summary

NCE began manufacturing DCC Products on an OEM basis in 1993 and was originally known as North Coast Engineering. They provided the software component of Wangrow's SystemOne and RamFixx Technologies' RamTraxx DCC systems. The name was changed to NCE when it was incorporated in 1996. Today, NCE has to grown into a full-time electronic design and manufacturing firm devoted entirely to the development and sale of products for the control of model railroads.

The NCE Power House was intended to be marketed by Wangrow as the next generation SystemOne. Wangrow declined, so NCE decided since it was a finished, ready for production product, they would release it under their own brand. Wangrow subsequently went out of business when their licence for the command station software supplied by NCE expired. Wangrow failed to comprehend the difficulty and time requirements needed to create their own software.


NCE produces a full line of Digital Command Control products

Starter Sets

Advanced Systems
  • Power Pro
    • Power Pro R (Radio)
  • Power Pro 10
    • Power Pro 10 R

Originally this system was marketed under the Power House name. Complete system with Throttle (Pro Cab), integrated Command Station / Booster. A Power Supply is NOT included.

  • Five- and 10-Amp versions available.
  • Walkaround capability
  • Expansion: 63 devices (Additional cabs and accessory items). NCE calls anything on the throttle network a "cab".
  • Interface: Serial Port, RS232. USB adaptor card is not recommended as some commands are not available over USB connections.
  • Programming Track connections, Programming Track Booster recommended.

The radio systems will be upgraded and increase the number of channels available in the process. It will be backwards compatible. [1][2]

Entry Level Systems
  • Power Cab

While the Power Cab looks a lot like a Power Pro (they use the same package for the throttle), it is a 1.5A Booster, Command Station and Throttle integrated into a handheld device. If you disconnect it from the layout, everything stops as the DCC track signal is generated in the handheld. Adding a Smart Booster eliminates that issue. The tight level of integration limits the available current for the track power bus. Some software features are also absent.

The Power Cab features Pro Cab compatibility when connected to NCE Pro Cab / Power Pro command station it functions as a throttle. A cable to enable this feature is included.

The interface to the layout is called the PCP or Pro Cab Panel. It has connections for the ProCab, DC Power, and the Rail A and B terminals to connect the track power bus. It also has jacks to enable expansion of the system via the Cab Bus. Only three additional UTP panels are supported. In addition, three additional cab bus devices are supported for a total of three throttles and three accessories.

Supports USB interfaces for computer control

Basic System
  • DCC Twin

This system features two throttles integrated into a single enclosure with the command station and a 3A booster. Limited programming options. Can also be used as a pair of throttles in another NCE system.

Power Pro compared to Power Cab

The Power Pro has additional features. While both units may look alike, there are some important differences:

  1. Computer interface: RS232, does not require a cab bus address to function, advanced features compared to other NCE systems
  2. Macro Capability Enhanced
  3. Accessory decoders last state is restored upon power up
  4. Control up to 250 locomotives
  5. Consisting: Up to 128 Advanced Consists possible, with additional consisting features.


  • Pro Cab/Pro Cab R
  • ProCab Deluxe
  • Cab6
    • Available singe throttle cab with radio and choice of rotary encoder or potentiometer. Four digit display. Can be used with YARD mode (center zero)
  • Cab06r: Radio version


Wireless cabs
  • Cab04pr
  • Cab04r
Tethered Cabs
  • Cab04
  • Cab05


A Pro Cab and a Power Cab look almost identical but they are two completely different products.

A Pro Cab is a Throttle only. It requires a DCC command station to function. It is a dumb terminal with a keypad and a display.

The Power Cab is a complete DCC system in one package. It is a Throttle, Command Station and Booster. All three in one (handheld) package.

  • The Power Cab has a six-wire cable which connects it to the power supply, and also has wires which carry the digital DCC track signal and the throttle bus. This cable cannot be substituted with another. If you need a longer reach, the solution is to purchase a Cab06. They are available in tethered and wireless versions. The Power Cab must remain connected to the Power Cab Panel for the system to work.
  • If you wish to run more than a few locomotives with your Power Cab, an SB5 booster may be required.

Each Cab must have its own unique cab address. Available cab addresses are based on the command station being used. Example: For a Power Cab system the available cab addresses are 3, 4, and 5. Addresses 8, 9, and 10 can be used for devices like the USB interface, AIU and Mini Panel.

Command Stations

  • PH-Box
    • Power Pro System command station/booster
  • CS02
    • Command Station Only for Power Pro
  • SB5 Smart Booster
    • Five-amp command station / booster for Power Cab system, up to six throttles. NCE radio compatible. Converts to booster only if needed.

See this page for firmware revisions applicable to their command stations.


NCE has used three product names in its manufacturing history.

  2. Power House
  3. Power Pro
  • PB5
    • Five Amp
  • PB110A
    • 10 Amp Booster with Automatic Reverse. Recommended for large scales.
  • DB5
    • Five Amp booster

Expansion Boosters

  • DB3/DB3A
    • Replaced by the DB5 Booster
  • SB3/SB3A
    • Replaced by SB5 Smart Booster

The SB5 and DB5 are 5A units. They are current production as of 2017

Smart Booster Firmware
Version 1.28
  • Function Refresh
  • USB support
  • 28 Functions
  • CVs up to 999 supported
  • Reset to factory defaults
Version 1.65
  • Total number of Cabs supported is 6, Addresses 2-7.
  • Supports three AUI, USB or Minipanels on addresses 8-10
  • Improved USB functions


  • Corrected issues with Dumb Booster modes


  • Number of cab addresses available after reset corrected
Older Units
  • PB105. This model evolved into the DB and SB3 boosters. Available by special order only.
  • PB110 10A booster, superseded by the PB110a
  • PB205. Many PB205a boosters don't have the model's name marked on the front of the booster. Dual 5A boosters

Circuit Protection

Main article: NCE/Circuit Protectors

Auto Reverser

AR10 10A Auto Reverser

Discontinued Products

Name Replacement Status

See Also

  • NCE FAQs
  • NCE FAQ - NCE Frequently Asked Questions
  • NCE Hints - Hints and tips for NCE products
  • NCE Products - a more detailed list of NCE's offerings.
  • Wangrow - Early DCC manufacturer which used NCE parts and software.

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Q: Cab Bus Addresses

In addition to NCE, Wangrow's System One and PSI's DYNATROL also employed the Cab Bus protocol.

Cab Bus

There are two physical forms of Cab Bus wiring.

  1. The Control Bus or booster network uses a four-wire cable between boosters and the command station.
  2. Cab Bus connections between throttles and the command station or throttle network use a 6P4C or 6P6C RJ connector, which can use four or six conductors in the cable.
    1. The 6P6C is specifically for the Power Cab.

Systems Employing the Cab Bus

Cab Addressing

Available Cab Addresses are related to the NCE DCC System in use.

  • Cab addresses 0 and 1 are reserved.
    • Cab 0 is the broadcast address of the command station.
    • Cab 1 is reserved for future applications.
  • Cab 2 is the Master cab.
    • Other Cab addresses allow modification a Cab/Throttle's capabilities.

When assigning addresses, leaving the range above 48 for Cab Bus devices avoids possible conflicts.

Power Cab

The Power Cab, NCE Twin and SB3/SB5 Smart Boosters limit the available Cab Bus addresses to ten. Software such as JMRI is also aware of these limitations.

  • Default is 2
    • Valid throttle (Cab) addresses are 2 through 5
      • Cab ID 5 available with firmware 1.65 or better only
    • The Power Cab will default to address 2 whenever plugged into a Power Cab Panel (PCP)
  • Addresses 6 and 7 are reserved
  • Cab bus devices should use addresses 8 through 10

The NCE USB interface defaults to Cab Bus Address "3".

NCE Twin

  • Default addresses are 0 and 1
  • Addresses 2 through 7 are available for Cabs
  • Cab bus devices should use addresses 8 through 10

Multifunction Decoders programmed on Throttle A will be set to an address of 3. Those programmed on Throttle B will be set to address 4.

Smart Booster

  • Valid Cab addresses are 2 through 5
    • Cab Id 5 available with firmware 1.65 or better.
  • Addresses 6 and 7 are reserved
  • Cab bus devices should use addresses 8 through 10
  • Valid Cab addresses are 2 through 7
  • Cab bus devices should use addresses 8 through 10

Power Pro

Power Pro, PH-Pro, Powerhouse, CS02

  • Addresses 1 though 63 are available for throttles
  • Supports up to 16 Pro Cabs when using Radio
  • Radio Equipped Pro Cabs should use addresses 2 through 17
  • Other radio throttles can use 2 through 47, it is recommended to use 18 through 47 to reserve those addresses for the Radio equipped Pro Cabs.

Hint: Use addresses 18 – 49 for engineer cabs (Cab04/Cab05/Cab/06), keeping the lower addresses available for wireless Pro Cabs.

Available Addresses on the Cab Bus

Power Cab

  • Maximum of 4 cabs supported, on addresses 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Three additional Cab Bus devices are supported.

PH Pro

  • Total supported is 63 (2 – 64)
    • Includes any Cab Bus accessory devices

Pro Cab with Radio

  • Addresses 2 – 17 are available.
  • Intermediate radio cabs should be assigned to addresses 19 – 49

Edit FAQ Related Articles: Cab Bus, Power Cab, Throttle Network, Throttle Networks List, Cab Bus Connectors Related Manufacturer: NCE, Wangrow Categories: Throttle Network

Q: Power Cab Screen goes Blank

If the Power Cab begins to boot up and suddenly the LCD display goes blank, this indicates that there is a short circuit.

If it occurs when using the Program Track, check the decoder wiring. If it occurs with no locomotives (electrical loads) on the track, disconnect track power at the Power Cab Panel and try again.

If the result is the same, there are two possibilities: A component failure has occurred in either the Power Cab or the Power Cab Panel.

Edit FAQ Related Articles: NCE Power Cab, Is it possible to display the current draw on the display of the NCE Power Cab?, NCE Power Cab Functions Not Working Related Manufacturer: NCE Categories: Booster, Throttle

Q: How to Determine Cab06 Firmware Version

To determine the firmware version used by a NCE Cab06, follow this procedure:

  1. Power up the DCC system
  2. Unplug the Cab06 from the Cab Bus
  3. Reconnect to the CAB Bus while pressing the SELECT button
  4. Release the SELECT key
  5. Scroll through the settings menu using the ENTER key to display the version number

Edit FAQ Related Articles: Cab Bus, Cab06pr, Cab06r, NCE Hints/NCE Firmware Command Stations, Cab06, Cab06p Related Manufacturer: NCE Categories: Throttle

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